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Washington Post-ABC News
Post-Election Poll

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll is based on telephone interviews with 762 randomly selected adults nationwide conducted Sunday, November 12. The margin of error for overall results is plus or minus 4 percentage points. Interviewing was conducted by TNS Intersearch of Horsham, Pa.

1: How closely have you been following the situation involving last Tuesday's presidential election - very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not closely at all?


          Very    Somewhat   Not too   Not closely    No 
         closely   closely   closely      at all     opin.
11/12/00   46        39        11          5          0

2. Please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of the way (ITEM) is/are handling the election situation.

11/12/00
	                            Approve   Disapprove   No opin.
A. The Bush campaign                 46         45          9  
B. The Gore campaign                 44         47          9
C. Local officials in Florida        40         42         17
D. The news media                    48         43          8

3. How do you feel about the election situation overall - are you personally worried about it, or not worried? If worried: Are you very worried about it, or somewhat worried?


           --------Worried---------    Not      No
          (Net)    Very   Somewhat   Worried   opin.
11/12/00   47       19      28         52        1

4. For each item I name, please tell me if it's something that you personally are worried about, or not worried about as a result of the election situation. Are you very worried about it, or somewhat worried?

11/12/00
                                  --------Worried---------    Not      No
                                 (Net)    Very   Somewhat   Worried   opin.                                  
A. The candidate you 
support might not win.            45       22      23         54        2
B.	It may take weeks or 
months before the winner is 
declared.                         56       27      28         44        *
C. People might lose faith in 
this country's political system.  56       28      28         43        1
D.	Whoever becomes president will 
be in a weak position to 
lead the country.                 44       17      26         53        3
E.	The United States 
looks weak and confused to
other countries.                  48       25      24         51        1
F.	The system of electing 
presidents may be unreliable.     53       27      26         44        2

5. Do you think this situation reveals serious problems in this country's system of electing the president, or do you think it's just the kind of thing that can happen in a very close election?


          Problem in system   Happens in close election   No opinion    		
11/12/00         32                     65                    3

6. For future presidential elections, would you support or oppose changing to a system in which the president is elected by direct popular vote, instead of by the electoral college?


           Support   Oppose   No opinion    		
11/12/00      63      31          6 

7. The candidate who wins Florida probably will win the electoral college and become the next president. Florida is recounting its votes because the election there was so close. Some people say the candidates should accept the recount in Florida when it's completed, even if they think the voting there was unfair. Others say they should ask the courts to consider whether the voting was fair, even after the recount is completed. What do you think - should the candidates (accept the recount), or (ask the courts to look into these other issues)? Do you feel that way strongly or only somewhat?


       --Accept the recount--  --Courts look into other issues--  Depends  No
         Net  Strgly.  Smewht.   Net    Strgly.    Smwhat.        (vol.)  opin.
11/12/00 67    55        12       28      23        5               1      4

8. How confident are you that the Florida results will be counted accurately - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not confident at all?


          ------Confident-------     ------Not Confident-----      No
          Net  Very    Somewhat       Net  Not too   Not at all   opin.
11/12/00  59     21       38          38      20         18         3 

9. As you may have heard, there have been complaints about the design of the ballot that was used in Palm Beach County, Florida. Have you seen that ballot in the newspaper or on television, or not? IF seen ballot: In your own opinion, was that a fair or an unfair ballot?


           -------Yes------   Have Not Seen    No
           Net  Fair  Unfair    Ballot        opin.    		
11/12/00   75    39     36       23            2 

10. Do you think there should or should not be a new presidential election in Palm Beach County, Florida?


           Yes   No   No opinion    		
11/12/00   33    61      6 

11. Do you think there should or should not be a new presidential election in the entire state of Florida?


           Yes   No   No opinion    		
11/12/00   23    73       4

12. Do you think the Bush campaign should or should not ask for a recount in other states where Bush lost by only a narrow margin?


          Yes    No   No opinion    		
11/12/00   37    56       7

13. Do you think the Gore campaign should or should not ask for a recount in other states where Gore lost by only a narrow margin?


            Yes   No   No opinion    		
11/12/00    34    59       7

14. Do you think there should or should not be a new presidential election in other states where the election was very close?


           Yes   No    No opin. 		
11/12/00   15    81      4 

15. Do you think there should or should not be a new presidential election across the entire country?


           Yes   No    No opin. 		
11/12/00   21    77       2

16. As you probably know, the results of Tuesday's presidential election are still unclear. Who do you personally want to see become the next president - (Al Gore) or (George W. Bush)?


                        Neither   Other     No		
          Gore   Bush   (vol.)    (vol.)   opin.
11/12/00   44     45      6        1        4
*=Less than 0.5 percent

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